L’invitation au voyage (B. Godard / Baudelaire)

By: Benjamin Godard (1849–1895)
For: Voice + keyboard
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Composer
Benjamin Godard (1849–1895)
Year of composition
1889
Lyricist
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
Publisher
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
4 minutes
Genre
Classical music
License details
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This famous poem by Charles Baudelaire, from Les Fleurs du Mal (1857), has also been set to music by many other composers: Henri Duparc, Edouard Chabrier, Georges Pascal d’Aix, Alain Jacques etc. In this setting Goddard dropped the second stanza as well as the chorus. Literal translation (AJ):

My child, my sister, Think of the sweetness Of going there and live together! To love at leisure, To love and to die In the land that resembles you! The wet suns Of those blurry skies To my mind Have the same charm So mysterious As your treacherous eyes, Shining through their tears.

See on the canals Those sleeping vessels Whose mood is to wander; It is to fulfill Your every wish That they come from the ends of the earth. The setting suns Cover the fields, The canals, the whole city With hyacinth and gold, The world falls asleep In a warm light.

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